Brendan Rodgers says that Ricardo Pereira could make his first Leicester appearance in more than eight months later this week. Pereira, the Portugal international, is in contention to face Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League on Thursday night, while Caglar Soyuncu and Wilfred Ndidi are also set to join the travelling squad after abductor tears. Rodgers has been without Pereira since March 9 after the wing-back suffered a serious knee injury in the 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League. The 27-year-old is one of Leicester's most highly regarded players and his absence was a huge factor in the club missing out on the Champions League places towards the end of last season. Pereira appeared for the under-23s last week and, if he continues to progress in training, is poised to join Leicester for their fifth Europa League game in Ukraine. Soyuncu, the Turkey international, has not played since October 4 and is also in line to play, while Ndidi has missed over two months. Rodgers said: "The boys are training and we're hopeful those three will get some game-time in Luhansk for our next European adventure. "That's great news for us, coming into a busy period. We're having up to nine games [a month] and they are close together which is always a tough ask, but the players have been outstanding. "They've known they've got to be ready every day, recover well and adapt this year with European football. "We have to be right on it physically with the league games and so far the players have done really with it." Leicester return to the Premier League on Monday night with a home game against Fulham. A place in next year's Europa League knockout phase was secured on Thursday night with a point in the 3-3 draw against Braga, after Jamie Vardy scored deep into added time. Leicester face a trip to Zorya Luhansk and then face AEK Athens at home in their final group game.